Children First’s 14th annual The Fairytale Ball was nothing short of spectacular. Ivy roped with string lights, deep purples and elegant silver silk linens, tree branch awnings and classic fairy tale melodies transformed Michael’s On East into an enchanted forest, just like those heard about in fairy tales.
Upon entering the enchanted atrium, guests grabbed a signature cocktail “The Mad Hatter,” a lemon vanilla martini, and spent time bidding on silent auction items and mingling with other guests.
The enthusiasm for the suggested attire was extraordinary — from elegant gowns suited for queens, to ball gowns with wands, the more than 300 guests dressed to theme and in character. There were even some dressed in character — Dr. Anne Chauvet dressed Rapunzel, Wayne and Mindy Rollins dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, Gary and Debbie Knoflick dressed as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
Following the cocktail reception, guests gathered in the enchanted ballroom for dinner and the live auction. DJ Jonathan Cortez played fairy tale tunes and serenaded guests with his live performances. Guests spent the remainder of the night dancing at the ball, until the clock struck 12.
The sold-out event was a huge success for Children First. “There was so much excitement for the event. Throughout the entire night people were dancing and having fun — a very “party feel” all night,” says Children First Major Gifts Officer Angie Stringer. “A lot of enthusiasm with people wanting to support Children First.”
Dr. Heidi Anderson and Dr. Paul Brannan, Matt and Lisa Walsh, Stan and Jo Rutstein and Larry and Nola Hietbrink co-chaired the event.
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